My Piedmont and Oakland Real Estate Adventures. History, Architecture and Homes

 This handsome three storied English styled home at 89 Woodland Way in Piedmont, offers a great deal in terms of dramatic appeal, and attention to detail throughout.  With strong Tudor design influences, it features 4 bedrooms, 31/2 bathrooms, in a roomy 3093 + /- sq. feet of space.  

 The welcoming front garden and entryway give a taste of the charm just inside.  The classic diamond shaped windows to the right with the graceful trim above, are matched on the left, and paired with the delightfully pitched twin roofs, are just the start of a very pleasant tour.  

The size of the living room is reminiscent of the English concept of a "Great Room" with its spacious and impressive central fireplace, high wood beamed ceiling, and the warm wooden

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  This handsome home has been a showplace on Sea View Avenue in Piedmont for many years.  Its appeal is enhanced by the spacious, stunningly designed private pool in the rear.  Located at 228 Sea View Avenue, it offers 4 bedroom and 4 1/2 baths in an exceedingly spacious 4847 +/-square feet of living space.  Designed by Albert Farr, who is responsible for much of the architecture around Piedmont's city center, it surprises at every turn.  

This exceptionally attractive entrance, topped with a balcony above, is complimented with the architectural trim all along the exterior of the home.   

A generous and gleaming entry hall greets visitors, with multiple doors opening to an attractive variety of rooms, and a stairway to the second floor.  

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   It's hard to deny the curb appeal of this delightful Piedmont home at 130 Sandringham Road.  Its graceful winding stairs leads up a charming arched gateway, and private front yard.  The peaked roof to the right, with its unique balcony and imaginative trim above, add even more to the overall presence.  It is no surprise that this home was designed by noted architects Williams and Wastell.  

 Just beyond the green arched gate is a welcoming garden, and inviting front porch that is an ideal spot for relaxing while enjoying the pleasant front yard. To the right, note the Tudor style diamond designed glass windows, and decorative wooden timbering.

The sturdy front door opens into a warm and spacious pair of rooms.  Off to the right is the

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  This handsome Piedmont view home, located at 305 Mountain Boulevard, reflects the classic architecture and quality of design that is found throughout this appealing city.  Offering 4 bedrooms and 4 baths in a very spacious 3382 sq. ft. +/-, it is ideally located just blocks from downtown Piedmont.  

This inviting living room is awash in a warm light that is entering from the multiple windows that are located around the room.  The mirrored wall above the truly stunning fireplace just adds to, and reflects back, the luminous atmosphere.  This is a perfect spot for entertaining guests.  Be sure to note the desirable hardwood floors that are here, and throughout the home. 

 Immediately adjacent to the living room is the den  This charming room

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The photo above, (courtesy of Signature Development Group) represents the long term image of the Brooklyn Basin project on Oakland, California's waterfront.  It has been an imaginative and challenging project that is moving closer to its completion goals each day.

In a recent announcement http://brooklynbasin.com/residences/, the latest information is revealed as to the development's progress, and lists the following details:

The Orion Development, which is the first residential offering in the development, will begin pre-leasing in early 2019,  Those interested in leasing one of the dramatically placed 241 apartment units should sign up with us now for the latest info.

This is just the beginning of what promises to be a outstanding

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(Picture Courtesy of KGO-TV and Bjarke Ingels Group)

The Oakland Athletics announced today that they have chosen a site on the Oakland waterfront as the site for their new proposed stadium.  Located just west of Jack London Square area with its multiple lofts and condos for sale, near the Howard Terminal area, and not far from the newly developing Brooklyn Basin home and condominium project seen below, this stadium promises to be in the center of a great deal of future fan activity, but most importantly, a site close to the many sources of newly developing housing for new residents.

 This proposed 34,000 seat complex is well thought out in terms of its location.  The stadium picture above illustrates some of the pluses. Whether coming from San

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 This very handsome classic brown shingle home has so many positive features-one of which is its appealing location.  It is located in Berkeley in the exceptional Claremont Court neighborhood at 2709 Claremont Boulevard. With its gracious curb appeal, and in demand traditional architecture, it is exceptional.  

As you tour this home, be sure to note all the premium  touches that make this home unique, and reflects the added thought that went into each room.  An example starts at the doorway.  The wide and welcoming front door is framed by a pair of partially mullioned windows, and the entryway beamed ceiling features a period designed lamp.  

 

Stepping inside the roomy entry hall, you are greeted with a beautiful and traditional

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This comfortable home is nestled among the trees on a hill in Piedmont, and while it seems pleasantly remote, it is just moments from downtown Piedmont and Montclair Village.  Located at  140 Saint James Drive, it offers 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths in approximately 2567sf of imaginative living space.  

The indoors and outdoors seem to mix pleasantly here with the presence of a very spacious patio, and multiple windows and doors that open easily to gardens, long established trees, and pleasant greenery. What a delightful place for relaxing, or as a quiet retreat for morning coffee.  

While you are aware of the multiple windows and doors in this home when you arrive to visit, you are immediately impressed by their effect from the inside. 

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This charming and creatively designed home, is located at 19 Monticello Avenue in Piedmont. Nestled among pleasant greenery and established trees, it features an appealing entry that is bordered by a cheerful white fence, and gracefully arched doorway.  

There is a strong Craftsman styling to this home which is highlighted when viewing the living room below.  Classic elements expected in a Craftsman  home are seen below with the following features--handsome and spacious fireplace, built in shelving, multiple and unique windows, and hardwood floors. 

Most certainly the imaginative windows are central to the desirability of the front room.  Light can flow in from multiple angles, and adds a luminous look to the room's atmosphere.  Views to

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This inviting Spanish Mediterranean styled home is located in the popular Claremont Pines neighborhood in the Oakland hills.  It's address-5641 Country Club Drive-reveals one of its best assets--it sits above the verdant grounds of the Claremont Country Club, and offers views of both the golf course, and a panoramic view of San Francisco and Oakland.  

This outstanding scene combines the captivating view of the Claremont Country Club greens with a sweeping view from Marin County and the Golden Gate Bridge, south to San Francisco and the Bay Bridge.  

Imagine waking up to this panorama every morning.  Plentiful windows and porches in the home guarantee all or part of this view daily.  

This extremely spacious gated front yard invites

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